We may not always have time for a long vacation but a short weekend trip can surely be squeezed in your schedule. India is a diverse country with so many places making for perfect weekend getaways. No matter which part of the country you’re from, there’s something to suit your taste, time, and budget.
Take a look at the six best weekend getaways below…
Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Islands
Port Blair is a land full of beauty and fun. There’s flora and fauna, the sea and great food on one side, on the other there’s ample opportunity for indulging in your fill of water sports, fishing, and bird watching. Visit between October and March to experience snorkeling, cruises, and scuba-diving.
Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand
Set up in 1935 as the first National Park of India, the Corbett National Park is home to tigers, leopards, sloths, jackals, crocodiles, Indian python, cobra and numerous species of birds. The ideal time to visit is between November and June, with attractions like water sports, elephant safaris, and the tiger grove. Children will especially love the place, with so many varieties of creatures and plants at one place.
Darjeeling, West Bengal
Every Bengali’s annual vacation spot, Darjeeling is a heavenly place, surrounded by hills, tea gardens, and Buddhist monasteries. Only 96 kilometres from Bagdogra airport, Darjeeling is a calm and serene place, away from the bustling city. A weekend visit is enough to recharge your batteries and refresh your mind. Don’t forget to visit the tea gardens and don’t miss the iconic sunrise on Tiger Hill.
Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu
The former French colony has lush greenery on one hand and beautiful beaches on the other. Famous for Auroville, the ashram of Rishi Aurobindo, Pondicherry is the place for authentic French desserts and boat rides in the Chunnambar backwaters. French tourists throng the place, so don’t forget to mingle if you happen to bump into any. The Pondicherry Museum is another must-visit place here.
There’s nothing quite like the lure of the hills. Sikkim in eastern India is another hill station that’s popular among people from across the globe, with capital Gangtok being the most famous. Nestled in the Himalayas, Gangtok sees a huge number of tourists every year. Visit with your family any time except the monsoons to enjoy hot springs, deer park, and nature trails, and visit the monasteries.
An easy trip from Mumbai, Lonavla is the favourite hill station of Maharashtra residents. With natural and architectural beauty in one place, Lonavla is great for a weekend getaway. Visit the Lohagad fort from the age of the Maratha rulers, the Karla caves built by Buddhist monks, and the Adlabs Imagica Theme Park with your children for a fun day out.